Live Poll: A Look at Satchmo - Part I

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Louis Armstrong is unquestionably the biggest icon of dixie jazz. He was the king on the trumpet and had a special distinctive voice that was unique. Duke Ellington said about him:

'He was born poor, died rich, and never hurt anyone along the way.'

Please remember Louis Armstrong lived from 1901 to 1971. That was a time when African Americans had even more significant struggles than today.

So I want to know what the audience may think when it actually would come to a biographical biopic, what directors, actors, writers, clothing designers, set decoraters, make-up artists and sound department would you engage to make the trumpet rise up.

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If you were a producer, with a budget of $60 million or above, which director below would you choose to make a biographical drama about Louis Armstrong?

The List:
https://www.imdb.com/list/ls022003075/

Poll:
https://www.imdb.com/poll/jjoyGsEK5pc/
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FYC:
Julie Taymor - might be a funky version of his life - Frida, Across the Universe, Broadway's Lion King
Martin Scorsese - could be a VERY interesting take - maybe go into the dark side of being a black performer in that time period - Wolf of Wall Street, Shine a Light, The Aviator, Goodfellas
Dee Rees - Pariah, Mudbound
Jordan Peele - I'd love to see his version of Satchmo's life - Get Out
Mario Van Peebles - Panther, Baadasssss! (aka How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass)

And I wouldn't pick him but Tyler Perry should be on this list.
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'Interesting idea. Of those on the list, Spike Lee or Scorsese. 

FYC:
Sean Baker (he makes films like nothing anyone has seen before and he & Satchmo seem like a perfect fit because of several artistic choices he's made; his aesthetic palette mixed with Armstrong's story and music would be pure, vivid color)
Dee Rees (did a film about Bessie Smith, as well as Oscar/critic winner 'Mudbound,' and others)
Todd Haynes ('widely considered one of the best directors; did biopics of Bob Dylan and 80s glad rock)
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He (Baker) made The Florida Project and Tangerine.

Dennis Haysbert was one of three leads in Haynes's Far From Heaven.
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I've put Todd Haynes to the list. I don't have seen any movie of him, but I  feel more confident about choosing him, now. He seems to had made some good drama's and even one good biography, so why not. :) But to be honest - if the list would be full of better picks and there were one better pick, I would eventually kick him from the list.

By Sean Baker, I'm still unsure. Just only Oscar-experience isn't enough for such a project of high-dignity. It's more about - if the director would be suitable for this movie. Loius Armstrong was and is a icon to nearly every jazz-lover. Don't underestimate the thoughts of music-lovers. Jazz-lovers sure want to look at an adequate picture. :)

So when it comes to directors I haven't seen anything from, it's hard for me to rely on suggestions. I hope you understand my intention. Making such a movie sure wouldn't be a low-budget production. Everything below 60 million dollars wouldn't be adequate for such a film. If I would be a producer, I would take a closer look to each directing-candidate, if he could do that movie. But I'm no producer - I'm just a german, who is interested in such a (for now ) fictional project. But why not do as it were serious? :)

So I want to know something about the director I put to the list. And I must rely on your words as I as an amateur don't have the opportunity or the insight to really choose B-directors I haven't seen movies from. ;)

Why should I put Baker on the list? What makes you sure, he could do such a movie? Maybe I should watch this movies you mentioned?
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I think Rocky makes a good point about Haynes' handling of a multi-faceted life.  

If Baker can make one of the most acclaimed films of 2015 ('Tangerine') with an e-phone and almost no budget, and easily one of the most acclaimed films of the decade ('The Florida Project') with an incredibly modest budget and a cast that only included only one professional actor (Willem Dafoe), I can't imagine the masterpiece he could make with the budget he's likely to be offered for whatever his next project is. He's arguably the most empathetic directors working and this gives me another opportunity to recommend 'The Florida Project' to yet another poll author, lol. (https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/poll-suggestion-imdb-poll-board-top-5-picks-for-2017?rfm=1&a...)

Lee Daniels, Steven Spielberg, Eastwood, and Taylor have a real talent for overdoing the obvious, packing complexities into binaries, and devolving into sentimentality. I can't imagine Rees, Haynes and Baker ever doing those things. 
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When you look at the list, Haynes is in for about some hours. For such a movie in this fictional poll-list-example, you need many black actors and maybe some actors who are well paid, some people who demand their money for extraordinary performance. So the main characters may cost a bit.  I like your comment, but I think it's an error to expect a director does more when he gets more money. I thought that, when Aronofsky got a big budget for doing 'Noah'. That was the first time I was disappointed by one of his movies. Money isn't all of it. :(


Motivation and talent is a good way for a good movie. If the director himself says ok, ok, I do that, just because it's a lot of money doesn't guarantee a good movie. I will watch one or two of Bakers movies. But with 'The Florida Project' it's the first time, I heard of him. Please understand me. I'm a big fan of Satchmo's music. It could be that it needs more than money. Baker would need connections to music departments, older people that knew Armstrong personally for enquiring his life, links to older musicians who can talk about him, employees who investigate the legal situation, copyrights, and so on, and so on. This would be a movie for a machinery of connected people working on it. ;) It's the question, if this movie is motivating enough for Baker. I still can't consider, if he would rock it.

I will watch 'The Florida Project' soon when it comes to rent on Amazon. And yes, despite the fact that some directors might overdo, all-in-all it will be a dramtized biography. Just think about scorsese's 'Goodfellas' or the very good 'Texas Buyers Club' from Jean-Marc Vallée. Good Drama-biographys are allways a little pushed in a dramatical way. As long as it's not to far of the way, it might be good. I'll watch out for some movies of Baker. ;) Maybe that changes my mind.
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Ok, I put Baker on the list. :)
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A few corrections:

"Louis Armstrong unquestionably is the biggest icon of dixie jazz."

"If you were a producer - with a budget of $60 Million or above: Which director below would you choose to make a biographical drama about Louis Armstrong?"

In general, try to keep it simple so voters are not confused by the text.
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Thank you much! I always struggle with writing english from a German p.o.v. I don't want to confuse, but accidently do it by mixing english with german grammar. It's so good to be in touch with you and the other buddies on getsatisfaction for getting better. I learn so much, sometimes I turn back by old habbits. But you know - practice makes perfect (or at least better). I corrected that.

I've seen some buddies on getsatisfaction  mark the changes in bold. That's more easy for me to correct and i see the mistake in one look. But anayway each help is welcome by me. :)

Thank you, Peter. :)